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10

‘obama bested gop in extraordinary lame duck session’

Washington Post: So this afternoon, the Senate voted to ratify New START after months of partisan wrangling and passed the bill giving health benefits to 9/11 heroes … on the same day that Obama signed the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, a civil rights milestone. All in all, a pretty productive day.

It’s obvious enough that Obama’s rebound was remarkable, in that he has defied expectations of gridlock to rack up a fusillade of major accomplishments that have placed him in a stronger position than many expected. But there’s more: It turns out he will also emerge from the session with far more kudos from the public than Republicans have earned.

So finds a new CNN poll, which seems to confirm that Obama “won” the session hands down. It finds that voters approve of his handling of the session, 56-41. By contrast, only 42 percent of Americans approve of the GOP’s handling of it, versus 53 percent who disapprove.

The poll has more. It finds that Americans think that Obama has done enough to compromise with Republicans, 59-37. By contrast, a big majority, 68 percent, thinks Republicans have not done enough to compromise with Obama, while only 28 percent think they’ve done enough.

…It’s an extraordinary and remarkably smooth conclusion to an extraordinary and very bumpy two years.


16 Responses to “‘obama bested gop in extraordinary lame duck session’”


  1. 1 majii
    December 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

    The naysayers were warned long ago when the president said, “Don’t count me out!” They have failed to acknowledge how exceptional and hardworking this man is every step of the way. I remember reading what his mother-in-law, Marion Robinson, said when asked about him last year. She said that, except for her late husband, Barack Obama is the hardest working man she knows. Many times it’s very rare to hear a mother-in-law say something like this about a son-in-law.

  2. December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Sorta OT – I don’t know if it’s just me or what but I have a MAJOR problem with people saying he staged a “come-back”, a comeback from where? Also, the use of him rebounding, caving and other negative words. This is the frame, verbs and adjectives that msm, pls, right wing pundits and others have placed on the president and people buy into it by using it when discussing President Obama’s actions and decisions and I don’t believe that these words were the reality of what was going on behind the scene. I, for one, am going to call out these negative words when attached to the president when unwarranted. But that’s just me thinking.

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    • 3 Theo67
      December 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      It’s not just you. There were many posts yesterday saying the same thing about “back from where”. The media just doesn’t want to admit that they got it horribly wrong, so they would rather imply that the President was indeed down and out, and he staged a miracle. It would never occur to people that the “down and out” was just a narrative the media were trying to sell for their own evil purposes.

    • 4 Sue in Minnesota
      December 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      I read this the same way, the MSM is in the process of attempting to rewind their spin, in light of the administrations current accompolishments. They are attempting to wipe the egg off their faces. They have intentionally, or otherwise, portrayed anything relating to legislating to fit their own agenda of conflict and controversy. I find irritating almost everything political as it is framed by our media. They certainly seem to have an agenda that isn’t fact driven, or particularily worried about presenting a balanced perspective. They are not interested in promoting discussions, but rather enflaming arguments.

      I am sick and tired of the implications that this is a contest and winning is the end game. This is about the lives of our citizens, the health and well being of our country, individually and collectively. There is no end game, but a series of goals and challenges to be meet and then new ones to confront. We should focus on celebrating successes, not seeking to label who are the “winners” and who are the “losers”.

      There is no end game, we learn, we grow, we change, slowly but continually.

      • 5 louc1
        December 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

        Well Said!

      • 6 majii
        December 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

        President Obama said it best on yesterday when Jake Tapper asked him who was driving the car, and the president responded, “The American people.” I think the pundits and others in the MSM forget this much too often.

    • 7 Eleroy
      December 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      Absolutely right Sankofa!!!

  3. 8 cat48
    December 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Aloha Chipsticks!

    So much good news to read today…..my favorite was a headline in a Kentucky Herald paper: “Lame Duck Leaves GOP Feeling Plucked” Heh…Welcome home, Senator McConnell! heh

  4. 10 SharonS
    December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I am in agreement with sankofa. I also abhor the fact that the msm speaks of the administration as if it is at war with the Republicans. For my money it has been simpler for Obama to deal with the Republicans than with Democrats, especially blue dog democrats and the so-called professional left. My take on how they deal with the president is that they have to hold their nose to talk with him at all, and also must make sure that he knows they do not respect his office for whatever reason. He has done a great deal of reaching out to all of the congresspersons, just as he said he would. Some respond with a handshake, others try to bite his hand.

  5. 11 Sonjia Duncan
    December 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I agree with you
    sankofa

    Happy Holidays

  6. 12 Mrs. JVD
    December 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    There was so much “crow-eating” and “back-peddling” yesterday from those in the MSM and on the internet that got it so horribly wrong, all I could do was laugh and shake my head. Just like I did, each and every time, they had to eat crow and back peddle during the 2008 Election and in the two years since. You’d think…they should know better by know…but alas…they don’t. So it’s up to us to keep supporting our President…while he keeps right on…roping-those-dopes!

    • 13 Eleroy
      December 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      They’re always wrong and yet they never quit trying to muddle up the narrative in a bid to hurt this wonderful President!!!

    • 14 Sue in Minnesota
      December 24, 2010 at 12:55 am

      You are so right. Over and over they try to drive their contrived narratives, reality ultimately calls them out, and then the attempts to rewind their spin begin. Blather, rinse, repeat, over and over and over again. The MSM demonstrates little interest in journalistic integrity, and does a grave disservice to America becuase of it.

      • 15 majii
        December 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

        I agree, Sue,

        Today’s MSM is owned by corporatists who place the almighty dollar above their integrity and duty to inform the American people. I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s when the primary job of reporters was to inform the public about their government. Being able to compare the MSM of the past to the MSM of the present allows me to see that, as you state in your post, there is “little interest in journalistic integrity” in today’s MSM.

  7. 16 EDP4BHO
    December 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I agree with everybody here. All well said. I’ll be cheerleader for today. Happy holidays to all!


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